Godfrey Ashby

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Godfrey Ashby
Assistant Bishop of Leicester
Diocese Diocese of Leicester
In office 1987–1995
Successor Bill Down
Other posts Dean of Grahamstown (1975–1980)
Bishop of St John's (1980–1985)
Orders
Ordination 1955 (deacon)
1956 (priest)
Consecration 1980
Personal details
Born (1930-11-06) 6 November 1930 (age 86)
Denomination Anglican
Parents William & Vera Hickey
Spouse Sally Hawtree (m. 1957–2015)
Children 4 sons; 2 daughters
Profession Writer (theologian)
Alma mater King's College London

Godfrey William Ernest Candler Ashby (born 6 November 1930) is a British Anglican bishop, theologian, and academic. From 1980 to 1985, he was the eighth Bishop of St John's in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. From 1988 to 1995, he was the Assistant Bishop of Leicester in the Church of England.

Early life[edit]

Ashby was educated at The King's School, an independent school in Chester, Cheshire.[1] He studied at King's College London, and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree and the Associateship of King's College (AKC).[2] He also became a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Ordained ministry[edit]

Ashby was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1955 and as a priest in 1956.[2] His first post was as a Curate in the Parish of St Helier in the Diocese of Southwark.[3]

In 1958, Ashby emigrated to South Africa.[2] Here he rose steadily in the church hierarchy, being successively: Subwarden of St Paul's College, Grahamstown; Rector of Alice, Eastern Cape; a senior lecturer in Hebrew at Rhodes University; Dean of Grahamstown and Archdeacon in the Diocese of Grahamstown.[4][2]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

In 1980, Ashby was consecrated a bishop.[2] From 1980 to 1985, he served as Bishop of St John's, the diocesan bishop.[5] He was then Professor of Divinity at the University of the Witwatersrand.[2]

In 1988, Ashby moved back to England. He served as the Assistant Bishop of Leicester in the Diocese of Leicester from 1988 to 1995. Additionally, he was Priest-in-Charge of All Saints, Newtown Linford between 1992 and 1995. In 1993, he was made an Honorary Canon of Leicester Cathedral.[2]

Ashby retired from full-time ministry in 1995. He returned to South Africa, where he served as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of George. In 2008, he returned to England, and is now an Honorary Assistant Bishop. He served in the Diocese of Portsmouth between 2008 and 2011. He has served in the Diocese of Exeter since 2011.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bishop Ashby was married to Valerie "Sally" Ashby, née Hawtree (she died on 7 October 2015). Together, they had six children: Garmon, John-Mark, Mary, Philip, Ruth, and Charles.

Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ various; A & C Black Publishers Ltd (2011). Who's Who 2012. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-4081-4229-5. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "G.W.E.C. Ashby". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 November 2015.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Parish details
  4. ^ Oxford University Press (1976). Crockford's Clerical Directory: A Reference Book of the Clergy of the Provinces of Canterbury and York and of Other Anglican Provinces and Dioceses. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-200008-8. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Jun 25, 1985; pg. 14; Issue 62173; col D Resignation of the Bishop of St John's
  6. ^ Frank Northen Magill; Alison Aves (1998). Dictionary of World Biography. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1140–. ISBN 978-1-57958-040-7. 
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Michael Nuttall
Dean of Grahamstown
1975–1980
Succeeded by
Roy Barker
Preceded by
James Schuster
Bishop of St John's
1980–1985
Succeeded by
Jacob Dlamini
New title Assistant Bishops of Leicester
1987–1995
Succeeded by
Bill Down